Feb 15

Big Beer Companies Paid Me $350 Last Year

student debt survivor

Recently snagged a rebate form when you bought a new phone? Got a rebate for that new printer? Rebates are popping up everywhere these days. Sadly, I suspect that most people don’t bother to fill out their rebates. I know because I used to be one of those people. I’d stick a rebate in my bill box then miss the deadline and find the form months after it expired.

When I was scrimping and saving to pay off my student loans, I came across a few coupon websites that mentioned rebates. To be honest, I never knew there were so many rebates available. The rebates I’ve come to like best are beer rebates. Because I live in a No Beer Purchase Required State (NBPR)* I don’t even have to purchase any beer to submit the rebate. Some of my favorite beer rebates have been: “buy $100 of groceries and get $20 back” and “buy $20 of meat and get $15 back”.

Using beer rebates helps me buy a lot of groceries for very little out of pocket cost. Yes, you typically have to wait 6-8 weeks to get your check in the mail, but a lot of the companies have a much quicker turnaround. Plus once you have a few going you can cash the checks, buy more groceries with the money and keep, “rolling” your rebates (cashing them in and spending that cash to buy more groceries that qualify for rebates) to keep out of pocket spending low.

Typically these forms are found at the grocery store on beer displays. I rarely find them in my area, so I usually trade for them on the coupon forums (you can also purchase them on e-bay just search “NBPR” or “NBPN”). Even if you’re in a state that requires a beer purchase you might want to check out what rebates are available. I know several people who don’t drink beer, but still find the rebates to be profitable. They just dump the beer, or give it to friends/family who do drink.
student debt survivorSubmitting the rebates is really a lot less work then most people would think. I collect my receipts and organize them by month. Whenever I find a rebate, I look through the receipts to find one that fulfills the rebate requirements. I circle the qualifying items I purchased, fill out the form and stick it in a stamped addressed envelope. Quick, easy, and fun (well knowing I’ll get money back is fun). $10-$20 for less than 5 minutes of my time, is worth it to me.

I’ve found beer rebates to be a really good way to save money, supplement my grocery budget, and buy better quality foods (usually organic meats) that I normally might not have normally splurged on. Last year I tracked my beer rebates and I got back over $350 from the beer companies. It might not seem like a lot, but I saved that money buying food that I’d have to buy anyway.

Do you fill out rebate forms? Have you ever done beer rebates? What have been your experience?

*NBPR States are: AL, AR, CT, HI, KY, ME, MO, NC, NJ, NY, PA, UT and WV



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  1. Michelle

    I always hear about people finding these, but I never see them!

    1. studentdebtsurvivor.com

      Michelle, I don’t have any luck finding them in my grocery stores, but my mom finds them once in a while at her’s in Maine. If she doesn’t find the ones I want, I just trade for them.

  2. MakintheBacon$

    I live in Canada, so unfortunately we don’t have beer rebates, at least not to my knowledge. I have never heard of them until I read your post. Beer isn’t sold in grocery stores either. Only at the LCBO and the Beer Store in Ontario. The only rebates I have used were from purchasing electronics. Those seem to be the most common. My bf would love it those beer rebates existed here! lol.

    1. studentdebtsurvivor.com

      Oh boo. I’ve never heard of beer rebates in Canada either, so I suspect it’s just a US thing. When we lived in Boston you could only buy beer at liquor stores. I like being able to buy here in the grocery, it’s easier then making a separate trip.

  3. John S @ Frugal Rules

    Very interesting, I never knew about this. We fill out rebates when we get them, unless it’s for ones that are only coupons back to the same store. They only do that to get you to come in and buy more stuff.

    1. studentdebtsurvivor.com

      I didn’t know until a couple of years ago. I learned via one of the coupon blogs.

  4. Mackenzie

    I have never heard of this; definitely going to look into it. I am one that never fills out rebate forms.

    1. studentdebtsurvivor.com

      It’s free money to me, so it’s definitely worth it. You should give it a try, once you start it’s pretty additive (in a good way).

  5. Jason B

    I would love to do those rebates but I have never seen them either.

    1. studentdebtsurvivor.com

      Try e-bay or the coupon trading forums (slickdeals, Hot Coupon World etc.).

  6. Debt Roundup

    Sweet, my state is a NBPR. I didn’t even know about these. I love beer and will gladly push through some rebates. I will have to start being a little more vigilant.

    1. studentdebtsurvivor.com

      I joke with the bf that if we ever move it must be to a NBPR state :-)

  7. femmefrugality

    WHOA! Totally taking advantage of this! Had no idea.

    1. studentdebtsurvivor.com

      You must! When i found out I was so excited. It sounded almost too good to be true.

  8. CF

    Nice! I have never heard of such a thing until now. I wish we had them in Canada!

    1. studentdebtsurvivor.com

      Boo on you Canada! Where are your NBPRs? 😉

  9. Laurie @thefrugalfarmer

    Wow, KK, I had no idea! We’ve done lots of other rebates and earned good money that way, but this sounds like a real winner. I’ll have to do some more checking – thanks for the info!

  10. studentdebtsurvivor.com

    Definitely do, I’ve made quite a bit of money with these and they’re really simple to do. Recently I did one, but $20 of Christmas decorations get $15 back. Basically free Christmas decorations, love that!

  11. Edgar @ Degrees and Debt

    Wow this is amazing I never heard of this but one of my constant weekly expenses is groceries and I always envy those couponers that save so much money, this may be my start! I live is Massachusetts so I will have to search and see if any of these will work for me!

    1. studentdebtsurvivor.com

      I find these much easier then doing the whole coupon thing. I still use coupons, but with the rebates you can buy whatever you want (and whatever brand you want) as long as it matches the category on the rebate. Buy $10 of pizza and get back $5 for example. You can buy whatever brand you like and still get the money back. Just have to read the rebate carefully to make sure you buy the items they are asking you to buy.

  12. pauline

    Interesting, I had no idea that those rebates existed! I would still buy some beer though!

    1. studentdebtsurvivor.com

      A lot of people don’t (myself included until recently). Don’t worry, we still buy plenty of beer :-)

  13. jefferson @SeeDebtRun

    This is really interesting… I have seen a display a time or two, but never really looked into it. Since my state is on your magic list, I am absolutely going to check this out.. And yeah, I’ll be drinking the beer myself :)

    1. studentdebtsurvivor.com

      Nothing wrong with that, bf only wishes we “had” to buy the beer. Fortunately we don’t so we can buy whatever brand we want, not just the brand the beer rebate is from.

  14. Cassi

    Wow, that is really interesting and something I never thought about! Really interesting post. I will have to keep that in mind for the future.

    1. studentdebtsurvivor.com

      Yup, if you’re in a NBPR you absolutely should give them a go. Nothing to lose and only checks to gain.

  15. Monique

    Wow. I totally didn’t know about this, or that Maine is a NBPR! I’ll definitely have to look more into this.

    1. studentdebtsurvivor.com

      Sure is, my parents and grandparents both still live in Maine (I grew up there). They’ve been doing the NBPR rebates (and looking for them for me) since I told them about them last year. Maine and NY have some rebates specific only to Maine and NY, I’m not sure why, probably something about the laws of the states.

  16. eemusings

    That’s frickin awesome! We don’t have any grocery hacks at all in New Zealand sadly, not even coupons.

    1. studentdebtsurvivor.com

      Oh boo! I wasn’t big into coupons until a few years ago, but now that I know about them I’d be sad to live somewhere without them.

  17. Desi

    I am sooooooooooo jealous that you are in a NBPC state! I’ve never spent enough on groceries and beer to end up being eligible (and the ones we usually get are from Heineken anyway, which is not my fave) so this is one of the grocery hacks I haven’t been able to check out.

    1. studentdebtsurvivor.com

      I have my mom and grandma mail me their grocery receipts (I rarely spend enough for the big rebates, $80 grocery purchase etc. thanks to coupons). If I had to purchase the beer I might not be as interested. Bf and love beer, but not Heineken, and a lot of the “good” high value rebates are Heineken.

  18. Amanda L Grossman

    Really interesting–I didn’t know about these (I am in Texas…but have never seen any. I will have to look it up for our state). Thanks for sharing! What a unique way to make some extra cash.

    1. studentdebtsurvivor.com

      You bet, it’s one of my favorite grocery money saving techniques.

  19. Elizabeth @ Broke Professionals

    This might be the best post I’ve read this week – because you taught me that I am in a NBPR state! Woo hoo! I am definitely going to follow the steps you outlined – I’d love the $350 (plus, my husband and I do like beer!).

    1. studentdebtsurvivor.com

      I’m so glad I could be helpful Elizabeth. When I first found out about them I was so excited. If you can’t find them locally (I usually can’t) try the coupon forums or e-bay. E-bay’s prices are sometimes inflated, so try the deal forums first.

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